"Mentock, a jewelry designer who draws inspiration from vintage and everyday objects, gives jewelry makers a glimpse of her design process in this collection. Most incorporate antique findings or ephemera (such as tintypes and vintage costume jewelry), and wirework and metalwork also feature prominently. Step-by-step directions are provided, and key stages are illustrated with photographs, but basic jewelry-making skills and supplies are required. Each project lists Mentock’s journal notes, which cover her creative decision-making, and design tips, which offer hints for changing items to suit your personal style. The author also presents an overview of basic wirework (including making your own findings) and metalwork. VERDICT Mentock’s aesthetic is more charm bracelet than sleek minimalism, so some jewelry makers will be drawn to her creative repurposing of vintage materials, while others will find her approach a little too everything-but-the-kitchen-sink." - Library Journal
Explanations are very clear; photography beautiful!
Even if I never do any of the techniques taught in this book, I love looking at all the projects for ideas I can use in the jewelry style I use in my beading.
I love how she incorporates "found" objects into her work and how many of her pieces have an asymmetrical quality; which to me enhances its interest.
So happy to finally receive Deryns book. I've had the opportunity to take classes from Deryn and her techniques and design ideas are beautifully represented in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandra J. Hillis
If you are a jewelry maker, a beader, a designer... this book is for you. I'm so glad I own it. Lynne from Sellersville.,Published 2 months ago by lynne from sellersville
Deryn is one of the most creative people I know. I'm fortunate enough to have met her, seen her work in action, and buy one of her pieces, which ALWAYS gets compliments. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lori Anderson
Enjoyed the book. Amazing photos. Wish have more projects. Maybe Deryn will write another book soon. Good luck and great work.Published 3 months ago by Claudia
I read the reviews before I purchase, I try to do that to gauge if the book will be useful. I did not find any off-putting religious symbols as was the consensus of the reviews. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Weintraub
My heart races every time I open this book. It is packed with amazing tips, photos and instructions. It thoroughly covers the tools you need to design fabulous pieces. Read morePublished 4 months ago by herstorydesigns
I was definitely not disappointed with this publication. This is fun attractive jewelry, just what I like to wear. Sweet!Published 4 months ago by Freda Bhatty
Cover looks interesting but the contents left a lot to be desired. If you have, or can obtain, a lot of Catholic medals and other religious items you would probably like this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Valerie Eakin